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James Shannen
Nov. 1, 1773 - Oct. 3, 1774
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 95
[Note: original page number says 96 but next page also 96 so we will assume this is actually 95].

North Carolina }    September Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Session 1774
Currituck County}
Present His Majestys Justices
    The Last Will and Testaments of James SHANNON, William JARVESE, Gideon MARCHANT and Richard CAMPBELL, late of this County deceased was in open Court exhibitted proved and the respective executors there quallifyd in due form of law the said wills were ordered to be recorded and stand, recorded as followeth Viz.

North Carolina, I James SHANNEN of Currituck County being in a very poor state of health yet of a sound mind and disposing memory Thanks be to God for it, do constitute nominate and appoint this my Last Will and Testament.

Item: I lend unto my dearly beloved Wife Joice SHANNEN during her widowhood the use of all my lands and other estate whatsoever to asist her in raising and bringing up my children but if she should marrey before my Son William comes to the age of twenty one years of age then my estate to be divided and she have her third only.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Sons William and John and if this should be a Son that my wife is with child with for his name to be Daniel I give and bequeath to them and their heirs forever all the tract of land whereon I now live to be equally divided between my Sons my will and desire is that my Brother Daniel SHANNEN should have thee use of the place he now lives until John SHANNEN comes of age.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sukey all my rights of Martins Point land to her and her heirs forever.

I do nominate constitute and appoint my Wife Joice SHANNEN with William CHANDLER JUN., hole and sole executors to this my Last Will and Testament signd seald and delivered this first day of November Anno Domini 1773.
    /s/ James SHANNEN     and a seal

In Presents of us
    Daniel [his D mark] SHANNEN
    Thos. JARVES
    John PADDRICK


Recorded and Examined 3rd day of October 1774

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